Nominations Sought for the Playhouse Honours 2018

The Fredericton Playhouse is asking the public for nominations for The Playhouse Honours 2018. Since 2008, the Fredericton Playhouse board of directors has awarded The Playhouse Honours annually. The recognition honours individuals’ involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can make to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word, and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees. Nominations can be made by any person or organization. Underscoring the personal investment that they have made in the community, recipients must be individuals, not companies or organizations. Recipients may be a professional or amateur artist, administrator, volunteer, educator, philanthropist, advocate, organizer, etc. A selection committee (jury) comprised of members of the local arts community will review the submissions and recommend an honouree to the Fredericton Playhouse board of directors. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27, 2018. Past recipients include Ilkay Silk (2008), Brent Staeben (2009), Philip Sexsmith (2010), Walter Learning (2011), Mabel Doak (2012), Bonnie Kilburn (2013), Michael Doherty (2014), Hrvoje and Aida Tisler (2015), Peter Pacey (2016) and Lynn Addleman (2017). The Playhouse Honours is proudly presented by Atlantic Mediaworks.

NotaBle Acts seeks Entries for 17th Annual Province-Wide Playwriting Competition

The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company is seeking submissions for its sixteenth annual province-wide playwriting competition. Contest winners will have their work featured as part of the 2018 NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival, to be held in Fredericton, July 25 – August 4. New Brunswick playwrights have the opportunity to submit work in five categories, one for 15-30 minute site-specific plays, one for 7-10 minute short plays, and another for 30-60 minute one-act plays. Two winners from the one-act category will be staged as part of the festival, along with four winners from the short play category and up to three winners from the site-specific category. Students in New Brunswick Middle and High schools are also eligible to enter scripts for two other categories of the playwriting contest.

In addition to having their work produced at the festival, all winning playwrights will receive a cash prize and script mentoring from a professional playwright. The deadline for entries is April 23, 2018. Copies of the contest rules and guidelines, as well as instructions on how to submit, are available at Questions about the contest can be directed to or (506) 458-7406

Jane Leblanc Filmmaker Award

Formerly known as the Members Give Back Award, the NB Film Co-op proudly announces the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award for 2017. In honour of a woman who lived life to the fullest and courageously took action in making her dreams a reality.

A message that will hopefully inspire the winner of this award in realizing his/her dream of making films a reality.

Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award ($1880.00 value) (for first or second time Filmmakers)

• $200 in workshops/training from the NBFC (2018)

• $600 cash from The LeBlanc Family and generous donations

• $1000 in equipment and post services from NBFC

• $80 (full membership for two years) from the NBFC

• Workshopping of winning screenplay

Presented by the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative & the LeBlanc Family Eligibility is open to all New Brunswick first and second time filmmakers.

DEADLINE: Submit a 4-8 page script of drama or comedy by October 23th, 2017 to

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Calling all Canadian Arts Managers!

Are you a mid-career or established arts manager looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management!

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

These awards are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes.

  • Value: 2 prizes of $10,000 each
  • How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by mail. (Note: the Council’s online portal is not yet open to prize competitions)
  • Deadline: 2 October 2017
  • For further information, please refer to the guidelines

Sarah Brown
Program Officer
Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Call for Nominations: APA Achievement Award | Aug 11

Call for Nominations: APA Achievement Award
The Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award is presented annually to a deserving individual who has made a significant contribution to the performing arts touring sector in Atlantic Canada, thereby furthering the objectives of the Association. The recipient is selected by the APA Board of Directors from nominations from the Association membership and/or the sector at large.

Nominations accepted online HERE. Deadline: Friday, August 11th.

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.

The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Grantaand books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Aesthetica champions artists across a range of media, with talent development at its core. It presents two further awards: the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Through its three awards, Aesthetica showcases leading practitioners and supports their career through its international reputation and links with the creative industries.

Enter / Read all details here

2017 Glass Buffalo Writing Contests (Canada): Short Fic/Poetry

2017 Short Fiction Contest

Sponsored by Priority Printing Ltd.

This year’s Short Fiction Prize will be awarded to the best story under 750 words submitted by a Canadian writer. If you have a powerful story that fits the bill, submit today!

Prize: $500 and publication in our Fall 2017 issue
Entry fee: $30 (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Glass Buffalo)
Deadline: August 4, 2017


2017 Poetry Contest

Sponsored by Glass Buffalo Publishing

This year’s Poetry Prize will be awarded to the best poem by a Canadian writer in English. If you have a powerful poem that fits the bill, submit today!

Prize: $500 and publication in our Fall 2017 issue
Entry fee: $30 (includes a one-year subscription or extension to Glass Buffalo)
Deadline: August 4, 2017


For more info on both contest click here

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Canada)

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke CNF Prize.

The grand prize is $1,000 (Canadian funds) to one winner.

The 2017 contest judge is Brian Brett.

The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Enter Early by Jul15 and Win a Mentorship with Liz Harmer!

For all info & guidelines click here !


Deadline Reminder: Application Deadline for the Nel Oudemans Award extended to June 30th, 2017.

Deadline Reminder: Application Deadline for the Nel Oudemans Award extended to June 30th, 2017.

The Nel Oudemans Award, established in 2002, celebrates excellence in fine craft in memory of the extraordinary contribution of Nel Oudemans to Canadian applied arts.

This competition is open to all emerging artisans who have lived and practiced in New Brunswick for 5 years prior to application. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize of $2000 and becomes eligible for additional funding to to participate in the SOFA Chicago Educational Mission, sponsored by the Craft Alliance and ACOA through the International Business Development Agreement.

Nel Oudemans Award Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2017. An independent jury of arts professionals will evaluate all applications. More info –

Kathryn McCarroll
Executive Director
Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation
Box 416, Saint John, New Brunswick
E2L  4L9
506 693 5647

The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Awards – Textile Museum of Canada

Deadline to apply July 10

The award is geared to help emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The award aims to help artists develop skills and enrich their knowledge of textiles in the context of historic and contemporary practices as well as to support artists in advancing their practice and creative ability in ways likely to generate long-term artistic and career development.

If the applicant desires, the Textile Museum of Canada will support a customized program of research, including access to the Textile Museum of Canada’s library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 13,000 global artifacts, exposing the successful applicants to new worlds of inspiration.

Two prizes of $3000 each will be awarded to applicants with proven experience within a professional visual arts context.

See full information here.

From Away Post Secondary Film Competition

FROM AWAY, in partnership with Canadian Heritage / Canada150, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21, RBC, Bell Media / CTV Atlantic, National Film Board of Canada and Telefilm Canada FIN as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The Film Competition and Program presents a multi-faceted opportunity to showcase Atlantic Canada’s next generation of visual storytellers. Post-secondary student filmmakers are encouraged to examine, explore or celebrate Canada as a country, both a concrete and an abstract space – a landscape, a person, a feeling, a memory – through the medium of film. The challenge will be to construct their own interpretation of the nation that surrounds them and how they have shaped their place within it – connecting audiences with Canada’s past and present.

The FROM AWAY program will include a multi-faceted celebration of filmmaking and Canadian identity through the Film Competition which will include a Film Festival Gala Screening and Celebration, Atlantic Province wide school tour, community screenings and online presentations.


For more information regarding rules, prizes, and awards or to submit a film please visit the competition’s website:

River Jam Seeking Nominations for Diane London Award 2017

Nominations close at 5pm on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Each year during River Jam, there is a special award presented in honour of Diane London, beloved diva of the Downtown Blues Band, whose final performance was at River Jam 2004 before losing her battle to cancer. The award honours a local musician, artist, or arts-related woman with a creative spirit and talent who gives of themselves to the community and who exemplify the spirit and character of Diane.

Do you know a woman from Fredericton or the Saint John River region who exemplifies the spirit and character of Diane London? Someone who is a musician, artist or arts-related individual who has a creative spirit and talent, and who gives back to the community? Nominate Her for the Diane London Award! For more info contact johnnyleroux@hotmail.comand to complete a nomination form, click here.

The award recipient will be announced prior to River Jam and a presentation of the award plaque and a $600 prize will be awarded at River Jam, the annual summer celebration of music along the Saint John River which will take place on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Delta Fredericton.

Banff Mountain Film Competition now open!

Banff Mountain Film Competition
Enter your film into the 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film Competition and bring the magic of mountain landscape, culture, and adventure to an international audience. Your film could reach more than 500,000 people if selected for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour!

Over $40,000 CAD in cash and prizes to be awarded

NEW for 2017: we are now accepting films via FilmFreeway!
Entry Deadline: August 2

2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Now Open

Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative that helps bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is RBC’s cornerstone RBC Emerging Artists Project property which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers. More than just financial support, this program offers mentorship, exposure to audiences and more. (more…)


The RBC Canadian Painting Competition, produced in partnership with Canadian Art, is a unique national initiative that seeks to support and nurture the next generation of Canadian artists. The 2017 competition is now open. Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. EST on May 3, 2017. Visit to learn more.

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS – The Originals: Celebration of the Arts

As described in the City of Saint John Arts and Culture Policy, the arts make a substantial contribution to the quality of life and vitality of our community. The City of Saint John believes that one of the most effective means of facilitating the development of arts and culture is recognition of this importance. Common Council supports, through its Saint John Community Arts Board, events at which municipal arts and culture awards will be publicly promoted and celebrated. (more…)

Online Submissions Now Open For The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP)

January 12 to May 31, 2017

Canadian artists and permanent residents of Canada are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration to the Salt Spring National Art Prize, offering in its second year, $30,000 worth of awards.

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

Winners will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada and artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

SSNAP Is Offering Awards Totaling $30,000:

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD for OUTSTANDING WORK: $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artists residency)

THE STEPHEN P ROBERTS JURORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror

THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: with a 1st Prize of $3,000, 2nd Prize of $2,000 and 3rd Prize of $1,000 determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition


50 final works will be selected, exhibited and for sale at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 through to October 22, 2017. The list of finalists will be announced by July 19, with winners announced at the awards gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

SSNAP is one of the few national, juried competitions in the country. Our accomplished jurors, David Garneau (associate professor of visual arts at the University of Regina), Denis Longchamps (artistic director and chief curator at the Art Gallery of Burlington), and Naomi Potter (director/curator of Esker Foundation Calgary) share a deep knowledge of Canadian art while holding different areas of expertise and perspective on the artistic submissions to this national art show.

The call for submissions is now open to May 31, 2017, with details and entry forms at The Salt Spring National Art Prize.

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